Rowdy Tiger Whiskey Bar & Kitchen, a Prohibition-inspired restaurant and rooftop bar in the heart of revitalized Midtown, has announced the appointment of Andrew Thoms as Executive Chef. With over 20 years of culinary experience, Chef Andy will be responsible for overseeing all culinary initiatives at the local restaurant, known for its elevated and quintessential Southern cuisine. In addition to Rowdy Tiger, Chef Andy will also oversee all culinary initiatives at the Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel, which adjoins the popular first-floor restaurant, just off the contemporary hotel lobby.
Born and raised in the Atlanta area, Chef Andy’s epicurean journey began at Asher, a former fine dining establishment in Roswell, Georgia, where he developed his style by curating delicious tasting menus. Chef Andy continued his career at the MKT Bar at Four Seasons San Francisco, before returning to his hometown to join Four Seasons Atlanta’s Park 75 alongside one of his mentors, Chef Robert Guerstenecker. Next, Chef Andy joined the culinary team at the St. Regis New York, serving delicious food at the property’s two famous restaurants – Astor Court and King Cole Bar. Prior to his new role as Executive Chef at Rowdy Tiger, Chef Andy held executive positions at well-known Atlanta institutions including the former Eugene Restaurant under the direction of celebrity local chef Linton Hopkins, Trace at the W Midtown and Gypsy Kitchen as opening chef in 2013.
“Chef Andy not only has experience with famous hotel groups and local Atlanta hot spots, but he also has an unprecedented passion for the city of Atlanta and its cultural identity,” said the General Manager. from the restaurant and hotel, Amber Davis. “We are delighted to welcome him to the team and look forward to seeing him elevate Rowdy Tiger as the city’s go-to food destination.”
In his new role, Chef Andy will oversee all gastronomic programs including menu design, income management and mentoring other chefs at Rowdy Tiger, which includes a modern first-floor dining room and bar. chic rooftop with stunning city views. Capable of accommodating groups of up to 150, the restaurant also has a private dining room and can coordinate events for large and small groups including engagement parties, family reunions, graduation parties, birthdays, corporate happy hours and more.
Inspired by the Free and Rowdy, a political group known to frequent Atlanta’s underground bars or “blind tigers” in the 1920s, the Rowdy Tiger Whiskey Bar & Kitchen features one of the city’s largest whiskey collections with over 125 whiskeys and whiskey cocktails. Drawing inspiration from Atlanta’s rich agricultural heritage, Chef Andy is eager to enhance the current menu with unique variations of classic southern dishes and local ingredients. To pay homage to the restaurant’s Prohibition-era theme, Chef Andy also plans to introduce secret menu items that can be discovered on social media or through word of mouth. Visitors can expect a modern, upscale dining experience in the first-floor restaurant, as well as an eclectic atmosphere with specialty seasonal cocktails and rooftop platters to share.